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  • Vertigo
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  • Seven Samurai
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  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    ★★★★★

  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

    ★★★★★

  • Angst

    ★★★★★

  • Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    ★★★★

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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    It's been a big year for me and Mr. Mann. I don't have an actual review logged for this for my first viewing 3 years ago, but on my private spreadsheet I had it slated as a "half-baked romance" because I was a fucking idiot. This is a (n extremely hard) film about duty and respect between two opposite sides of the law, but most importantly it's just a really fucking cool movie about bad people. This movie is nearly…

  • Twelve Monkeys

    Twelve Monkeys

    ★★★★★

    Showcasing Gilliam’s influences, including MetropolisVertigo (literally on the screen), Dr. Strangelove, La Jetée (the core inspiration for the story), and even his own work Brazil, Twelve Monkeys is a brilliant, haunting, pitch black look at society’s amazing ability to mistreat the “mentally divergent” and the tendency toward totalitarianism. Terrifying.

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  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    ★★★★★

    Not to dumb down my thoughts on part two of what is surely one of the finest films on war out there, but I really admire how much Kaji is depicted as a total wife guy. The extreme swells in the score every time he sees her in the distance — or in this case, finds out he gets to spend the night with her at basic training, so basically when he's just thinking of her — are so beautifully…

  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

    The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

    ★★★★★

    The way this film challenges the principle character's leftist convictions and pits them against human nature, corruption, and devastation is absolutely arresting. The cinematography is also top-notch. Kobayashi is so fucking good. The scene in which the miners and sex workers realize their suffering under imperialism is identical is really powerful, too — in all, this is just an incredible, unflinching depiction of the bleak blackness of wartime.

    "This is wartime. Peacetime reasoning doesn't apply."

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  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★★★

    March Around the World 2019 | Nation #1: Hong Kong

    It's not an aspirational story (as my friend Joe said), but it is a beautiful story about two men in an often ugly and venomous relationship. If you interpret Lai as an unreliable narrator (which makes it a bit more interesting), there's a really interesting dynamic between Lai and Ho in which they're both just really lonely (and they probably were even before they left HK for Argentina...) and it…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★★

    Well, I feel stupid. I don't know what I expected, but this is way darker than I thought, despite the title. Like a more melancholy, female-centric Freaks & Geeks, isn't it? Can't deny that James Woods is perfect in this, despite my dislike for the guy in real life. Absolutely perfect as the cowardly father.

    I can't remember who said it (maybe an article in Sight & Sound?), but I read an article once that boldly claimed "every director's best film is…